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5
Mar
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Google Drive version 2.2 update brings drag and drop functionality and more


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Google is pushing out yet another update to an app, and this time it’s Google Drive’s turn. The update to version 2.2 brings some basic drag and drop functionality to the app, along with a slight change to the navigation menu.

Up until now, moving files around in Google Drive was sort of a hassle. In previous versions, you’d need to select a drop down menu and choose the location to where you wanted to move your file. But in the update to version 2.2, you can now drag and drop files wherever you’d like. After you receive the update, Google will show a brief tutorial card towards the top of the app, explaining how to do so. To move files, simply hold down on an item, then drag it to your desired location. Before you move the file, Drive will let you know how many files you have selected towards the bottom of the screen, which will prevent you from moving more files than you’d like.

Next, the new update brings a full-height navigation drawer. In the version prior to this one, the navigation drawer would slide out under the action bar up top. Now the drawer reaches the top of the screen, much like we’ve seen in a few other Google apps.

Those are the only changes we’re seeing so far, so if you find any others, feel free to comment below. The update is rolling out in the Google Play Store right now, but if you don’t want to wait for it, you can sideload the apk file by following this link.

Get it on Google Play



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Feb
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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


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Tiddalick Sponsor android appsSponsor: Tiddalick

[Price: Free]
Our sponsor this week is Tiddalick. This game has you feeding a hungry frog using quick reflexes. It’s fast paced and addicting and the premise is great for both adults and kids. It’s also free with no in app purchases so there’s literally no harm in trying it out plus there is Google Play Games support! We’d like to thank developers Good Game Group for their support of Android Apps Weekly!
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines this week:

Don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter for a complete list of headlines, updates, and new Android apps and games releases! Why not subscribe while you’re there? And now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!


Skype Android appsSkype

[Price: Free]
Skype received a big update this last week that allows you to send photos to offline contacts that will receive upon getting online again. Along with the photo sharing, there were also some bug fixes and performance improvements but otherwise it’s same old free video and chat platform we all know.
Get it on Google Play
Skype Android apps


Here maps beta android appsHERE Maps

[Price: Free]
The popular Nokia alternative to Google Maps received an update this last week for both Android and Windows Phone. The update includes significant improvements to a whole bunch of places around the world including support for new countries, better graphics for rivers and lakes, and updates to other countries.
Get it on Google Play


SlingTV Android appsSlingTV

[Price: Free app / $20/month subscription]
DISH turned heads this last week with the release of SlingTV. This gives you 20 television stations for $20 a month including ESPN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and others. You can also get some additional sports and kids channels in $5/month packages. Sadly, no major hockey channels but the service looks good.
Get it on Google Play
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Limbo android appsLimbo

[Price: $4.99]
Limbo is a new 2D horror game where you must solve puzzles, dodge obstacles, and search for your lost sister. The graphics are minimal black and white and the design plays a huge part in the atmosphere of the game. It’s $4.99 but currently rocks an astounding 4.9 rating in the Google Play Store.
Get it on Google Play


screenpop lockscreen messenger android appsScreenPop Lockscreen Messenger

[Price: Free]
ScreenPop Lockscreen Messenger is an app that does exactly what the name says it does. It’s a photo-based messaging service where messages are delivered directly to your lock screen. It’s an interesting concept that looks really fun but do keep in mind that there’s almost no security. However, messages disappear as soon as you unlock the device or reply.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

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Feb

Google wants to give you 2GB of Drive storage and keep you safer



On February 10th, Google made a post on its Drive blog about online safety in relation to Safer Internet Day. It hopes that users of the service will take a couple of minutes to complete their Security Checkup. If you do this before February 17th, you’ll receive 2GB of additional data in your Google Drive plan.

Clearly, the company is confident in Drive’s encryption since they’re willing to entice users to keep using the service or to use it for the first time.

The three steps you need to take are to: make sure your account recovery information is current, review your recent sign-in activity, and confirm apps and devices that access some account information. After that, you should see three green checkboxes, like in the image above, that confirm your eligibility. The additional storage will then come around February 28 and a confirmation will be sent via email.

Google notes that users of Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education are not eligible for the upgrade, but they should still take the checkup.



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11
Feb
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Google integrating G+ Photos into Google Drive


Google_Drive_Splash_BannerOne of the most overdue features for Google’s cloud storage service, Drive, has been the ability to look at your Google+ photos. Google owns both services, so you’d think they would be interconnected, right? Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case up until now, but it looks like Google is working on rectifying that.

One user on Reddit has noticed an option in Drive’s settings to automatically integrate G+ Photos into Drive, creating a separate Google Photos folder where all of the backed up pictures from the social network are presumably stored. The option isn’t showing up for anyone else, but the Redditor has uploaded a couple of screenshots showing the new feature. There’s no telling if this is an incredibly elaborate hoax or if Google is testing out the feature in a very limited user base, but this move makes sense for Google.

We’ll keep you updated if the feature makes it way to other users over the next few weeks.

source: Phandroid

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11
Feb

Snag 2GB of Google Drive storage fee from Google for a simple security checkup


Can one have too much cloud storage these days? It is an argument that could go on for decades and not one I am here to participate in. However, if you are finding yourself short on storage from your Google Drive account as it is loaded with documents, music and photos, now is your chance […]

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10
Feb
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No brainer: Google’s giving you 2GB of free storage to secure your account


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Today is Safer Internet Day, so Google is giving everyone 2 GB of extra Drive storage to do something that everyone should be doing anyway: secure their Google accounts.

As Target, Sony Pictures, and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers can attest, online security is not something you want to take lightly. Last year, we’ve seen hacking incidents on an epic scale, and 2015 will probably be no different. And, while it’s corporate hacks that usually make the headlines, regular users need to be just as careful about how they secure their digital lives.

Google has a bevy of security measures in place, including two-factor authentication, app authorization, and various ways to regain access to your account. But not all users know about these features or care enough to set them up. So Google is bribing users with 2 GB of free storage space for Drive.

All you need to do to get the free storage is go through this simple Security Checkup to see if the following security features are properly set up:

  • Recovery information
  • Recent activity
  • Account permissions
  • App passwords
  • 2-step verification

Once you go through everything and you see the green checkmarks, you automatically qualify for the 2GB of free storage. Google will allocate the extra space around February 28 and let you know through an email.

Again, there’s no reason not to set up these simple security measures. Two-step verification in particular will shield you from any unwanted access to your Google account. Go through the Security Checkup here.

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[Deal] Spend 2 minutes completing Google’s Security Checkup and receive 2 GB of Google Drive storage


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Did you know that today is Safer Internet Day? To celebrate, Google is giving you a chance to grab 2 GB of extra Google Drive storage, and it will only cost you 2 minutes of your time. More importantly, you will secure your account in the process

All you have to do is complete Google’s Security Checkup, which basically confirms your recovery information, apps and devices that have access to your account information, and lets you check your most recent sign-in activity.

What could be easier than that? After completing the Checkup, don’t expect the extra storage to show automatically. Google will add the 2 GB of extra storage to everyone around February 28, and you will get an email when completed. Unfortunately this deal won’t work for Google Apps customers, but they recommend going through the Safety Check anyway.

Hit the source link to get started.

source: Google / Google Security Checkup

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Feb
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Samsung Knox customers will get a complementary free 3 months of Google Drive for Work


Samsung_Knox_456Right on the heels of adding in new features to Knox, Samsung has announced an offer for customers that use the security service. Any customers that sign up for Knox will get a free 3 month trial of Google Drive for Work, which is obviously Google’s own cloud storage service that’s centered around business security.

The offer nets customers a full 1 TB of storage, and if more than 5 users take part, that gets bumped up to unlimited storage. The encryption on the service is top notch, which goes hand-in-hand with Samsung’s take on Knox, so this might be a worthwhile offer for many people.

As a side note, the offer is only available in the US, but it seems like that’s where Google and Samsung are aiming this partnership, anyway.

source: Samsung

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22
Jan
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Google Docs suite updated with a few handy new features


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Google Drive and Docs have come a long ways over the years, and in 2014 Google even unbundled its Drive apps for Android, allowing folks to grab only the apps they actually plan on using. Now with the latest update to Google Doc Suite updates rolling out today, the experience is getting even better.

The latest versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides now support more advanced features including real-time spell checking for Docs, the ability to hide rows and columns in spreadsheets, and the grouping of shapes in presentations for Slides.Google is also pushing improved security with Touch ID support for our iOS-using friends, and better support for screen-reading services like TalkBack for those with low vision.

Google says the updates will be rolling out sometime later today, though we’ve yet to get our hands on an APK yet. Of course, don’t be surprised if it takes a few days before the update arrives to your device. For those that have already received updates for the Google Docs Suite, we’d love it if you shared the APK files and encourage you to share them with us through our Contacts page.

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30 best Android apps of 2014


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The year 2014 was full of fun and amazing apps. There were old apps redefining themselves and new apps that stormed into the Play Store with something to say. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best Android apps released in 2014.


action launcher android appsAction Launcher 3

[Price: Free / $4.99 (donate option for $9.99)]
Action Launcher 3 was a complete step forward from Action Launcher 2. It was completely rewritten from scratch and included so many redesigns and fixes that it was released as a brand new app as opposed to an update. It features some unique functionality like the quickdrawer and shutters and we have it on good authority that some old favorites from Action Launcher 2 will resurface. It’s free to try and $4.99 to unlock the full version.
Get it on Google Play


allcast android appsAllCast

[Price: $4.99]
AllCast is an app that lets your Android device communicate with a number of things like the Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and many others. It lets you stream your personal content like photos and videos to those devices. There is a free version to try it out but the paid version removes the restrictions and gives you the full experience. It made its mark when it was the only Chromecast app that was capable of doing what it does and remains one of the only apps that can do what it does to so many different devices.
Get it on Google Play


Camera51 Android appsCamera51

[Price: Free]
Camera51 is one of the more interesting camera apps to be released in 2014. What it does is analyze faces and surroundings to help you determine the best spot to take a photo. This works for things like selfies and portrait shots of other people but it can also help scenery and other sorts of camera shots. It doesn’t have the advanced features that wannabe-DSLR apps have but if you’re terrible at taking photos (and have a high end device), this is a great option.
Get it on Google Play


commandr android appsCommandr for Google Now

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Commandr is an application that aims to make Google Now more useful from a practical standpoint. It works offline and allows you to do some more basic things like turn on/off things like Bluetooth, WiFi, flashlight, and others as well as setting volume, access Google Play Music playlists, and others. If you have root access you can even reboot into recovery and clear notifications. It’s a unique app and if you ever plan on getting more into Google Now, this should be an app you’re using.
Get it on Google Play


djay 2 android appsdjay 2

[Price: $0.99]
One of the many iOS apps that Android users long pined for was djay 2. This is an app that emulates a DJ turntable and allows you to mix and mess around with music. It comes with Spotify integration as well as your personal library integration, automix, looping and cue points, mixer, tempo, pitch-bending, audio FX, and many, many more features. Whether or not it is good enough for a professional setting is up for personal interpretation but there is no better app on Android that does what this does.
Get it on Google Play


Disney Movies Anywhere best new Android appsDisney Movies Anywhere

[Price: Free]
Disney Movies Anywhere was released earlier this year and it brought with it a unique concept. With this app, you can buy and stream pretty much any Disney movie as well as Pixar movies. There is also access to exclusive Disney content. The app is cross platform so you can download it on other devices like your computer and tablet. It’s true that most of their titles are available on Netflix and services like Google Play and iTunes, but it shows that it’s possible for a movie studio to go out and do it on their own and do it in a desirable way.
Get it on Google Play


google camera best android appsGoogle Camera

[Price: Free]
Google Camera came out over the summer and a lot of people loved it. It gave many people access to Google-only features like Photosphere for the first time and it has fun new things like Lens Blur mode. It’s meant to be the official camera app of Nexus devices so some things like HDR only work on those, but it was really cool of Google to give access to these other previously exclusive features to the public.
Get it on Google Play


Google Slides android appsGoogle Docs, Sheets, Slides

[Price: Free]
Google decided to break their Google Drive office suite up into multiple apps with the intent of adding more features and functionality to each piece. Thus, Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets were born and Google Drive fell back into being only for cloud storage. As it turns out, this was a good move because it allowed Google to add new features to each on a fairly regular basis and the three apps combined create one very competent office suite.
Get it on Google Play
Material Design for Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Android apps


Google Fit android appsGoogle Fit

[Price: Free]
One of the big announcements at Google I/O 2014 was Google Fit. Its biggest selling point is that it’s integrated natively with Android Wear and it’s slowly but steadily gaining more and more features and integration with other fitness hardware. You can use it to track and analyze your fitness and help you reach those all important fitness goals. It’s a tad basic right now compared to other heavy hitters in the fitness market but Google is behind it so it’ll get to where it needs to be.
Get it on Google Play
Google Fit Android apps


Google Now Launcher android appsGoogle Now Launcher

[Price: Free]
Google Now Launcher was released earlier this year and has become the way people can get a stock Android feel on their devices without all the root and ROM stuff that many don’t feel comfortable doing. It comes with built-in Google Now support, a solid set of features, and it’s much lighter than OEM skin launchers and most third party launchers. It is very Google-centric but people who use this know that and use it for that reason. It’s also totally free which a lot of launcher aren’t.
Get it on Google Play


ghostery privacy browser android appsGhostery Browser

[Price: Free]
Most browsers focus on things like speed or features but Ghostery focused on something else entirely: privacy. The app allows you to visually see what trackers are looking at you and give you the options to turn those trackers off. You can also do things like change the search engine and enter into the Ghostrank feature which helps Ghostery find new trackers. It’s a great and polished browser for the security minded and fans of the browser extension should have it.
Get it on Google Play


Here maps beta android appsHERE Maps: Offline Maps

[Price: Free]
Nokia had a big year since they distanced themselves from hardware and started focusing on software. One of the more recent additions to their software line up is HERE Maps. It contains a great design, offline mode, and many of the same features as Google Maps such as the ability to explore things nearby, turn by turn directions, and maps available in more than 100 countries. Despite being in beta, HERE Maps already has more than half a million downloads and rocks a 4.5 out of 5 rating in the Play Store. It’s a phenomenal start and that was a pleasant surprise.
Get it on Google Play


horizon android appsHorizon Camera

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Horizon is another camera app that aimed to do things from a different perspective. Horizon allows you to shoot video as a full horizon shot no matter how you hold your phone. That means you can hold it portrait, landscape, or anything between and the video/picture comes out as though you were holding it landscape. Given the general distaste for portrait videos and images, Horizon corrects a problem that many people don’t know they have and does so in a unique and inoffensive way.
Get it on Google Play


IFTTT best android appsIFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT stands for “If This Then That” and what it does is create connections between apps so that when you do something in one, it makes the other app do something. A popular example is the ability to save a picture from Instagram and upload it to Google Drive automatically. The options are virtually limitless and it can save you a lot of time and effort. You can even find lists of recipes (the term used for a connection created in IFTTT) to get you started.
Get it on Google Play
IFTTT android apps


inbox by gmail best android apps 2014Inbox by Gmail

[Price: Free]
Despite the often frustrating invite system to get into this app, Inbox by Gmail is an innovative app that helps further integrate Google services into Google Now. It allows you to hyper-organize your emails so you can keep track of what’s what and there is built in integration with Google Now’s reminder system. It’s a little messy when you’re first getting started and that’s turned some people off to it but if you put in the effort to make the migration, this is a great email app.
Get it on Google Play


link bubble android appsLink Bubble

[Price: Free/$3.99]
Link Bubble is a unique browser that works amazingly well for fans of social media. The entire browser is housed in a floating notification and opens links in the background. This means you can continue to browse social media or whatever you’re reading and open as many links as you need to. Then you can come back and open those links and see what they’re all about. There are some customization features and the app has gotten progressively better throughout the year. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Get it on Google Play


maps.me android appsMaps.Me Offline Maps

[Price: Free]
Maps.Me made their mark on the navigation world by offering offline maps for a number of regions around the world. You can do things like plan routes, and bookmark places that you like but the big draw are the highly detailed maps and the fact that it works totally offline once you download the maps to your device. This makes navigation easier in areas where there is no data connection and fans of having offline maps should definitely check this one out.
Get it on Google Play
Maps.Me android apps


Muzei best android apps 2014Muzei Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free]
Muzei Live Wallpaper was one of the most unique live wallpaper releases of the year. Its claim to fame is its seemingly never ending supply of classic art pieces from legendary artists from times past. It also has a few other features like the ability to use your own gallery along with the classic art. Perhaps its biggest feature is the API it provides developers. That allows other devs to integrate Muzei into their app. It’s unique and popular, especially if you love old art.
Get it on Google Play


mystocks best android apps 2014MyStocks

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
MyStocks is a Holo-inspired stocks app that came out earlier this year without a lot of fanfare. It allows you to track your portfolio, see news regarding the stock market and your stocks, set alerts for stocks, and deep analysis of stocks complete with charts and graphics. It is capable of housing a lot of information and does so gracefully with a solid design. It may not match every stock app feature for feature, but anyone who is busy in the stock market on a consumer level should give it a try.
Get it on Google Play


Nokia Z Launcher best android appsNokia Z Launcher

[Price: Free]
Nokia Z Launcher is the other huge release out of Nokia this year and it was a good one. It simplifies the Android experience into one home screen, one app drawer, and a scrollable clock/weather widget. Its claim to fame is the ability to search for apps, contacts, and Google by drawing letters on the screen. There are some small things as well like apps that show up on the home screen based on the time of day and your GPS location. It’s still in beta but it’s free to use and it’s something a little different.
Get it on Google Play


most expensive Android apps and gamesPeek

[Price: Free/$1.77]
When the Moto X came out, one of its most sought after features what the active display. Peek allows non Moto phones to emulate the active display feature by allowing you to see your notifications on your lock screens automatically without you pressing any buttons. It’s a unique experience and you can even interact with the notifications and open the needed apps to deal with them. It’s inexpensive but beware because it can drain your battery based on your settings.
Get it on Google Play


stack exchange best android apps 2014Stack Exchange

[Price: Free]
Stack Exchange has helped an untold number of people in an untold number of ways across many, many topics. Their official Android apps takes the positive force that is Stack Exchange and makes it mobile. If you’re curious about pretty much anything then this is an app you should have on your Android device. It’s a great community that is run by the community and they do a pretty good job of it.
Get it on Google Play
stack exchange best Android apps of 2014


TapPath icon new android appsTapPath Browser Helper

[Price: $0.99]
TapPath is another unique app that helps you deal with links that you find on social media or websites. Here’s how it works. You can configure what a single tap, double tap, and triple tap on links do. That means you can single click to open in a browser, but a double click will drop it in Pocket, and a triple click will send it to your computer using Pushbullet. This is an app designed for people who browser pretty heavily which means it’s not for everyone but it can be very helpful if you engage with links a lot.
Get it on Google Play


themer android apps launcherThemer Launcher

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Themer Launcher was in beta for a good long time but this year saw the first official, stable release. Themer is unique because it is a launcher like Nova and Action but the themes you can choose for your home screens are highly varied and quite enjoyable. All the themes are fully customizable, the themes are done by a talented community, and has integration with Zooper Widget. If you want something truly different for a launcher, give this a try.
Get it on Google Play


Udemy best Android appsUdemy

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Udemy is a video-driven educational app that allows you to purchase and take courses in various skills that you may need. You can find stuff from cooking tips to dancing, Java programming to speaking different languages. The classes can be quite expensive but there are cheaper ones and free ones you can grab to check out the platform. The app itself is free and lets you view the courses on your smartphone so you can use it for study.
Get it on Google Play


Unclouded best Android apps of 2014Unclouded

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Thanks to the small storage sizes on smartphones, many people have taken to cloud storage to keep the majority of their content. Unclouded is an app that allows you to manage your cloud storage across multiple sites to help organize all that stuff that just gets randomly uploaded. One of the best reasons to get this is to find duplicates of items you may have uploaded twice such as your camera roll which may have been uploaded to multiple cloud storage sites automatically. Cloud storage users should definitely try this out.
Get it on Google Play


VLC best android appsVLC

[Price: Free]
After a long road of fixing bugs and adding features, VLC for Android has finally exited beta with version 1.0 released early in December. The beta version was already popular but it should be even more so now that it’s not in beta. It plays video and audio files along with a number of more unique features that you’ll find with VLC. Those in the market for a new media player should check it out.
Get it on Google Play


Wally best designed Android apps of 2014Wally

[Price: Free]
Wally made headlines back when Material Design was brand new and not many apps showed off the new Android design guidelines. On top of being a highly functional wallpaper app, the app successfully showed how Material Design can take a usually boring app and make it look and act much better. It went down for a short time in late 2014 when the site that hosted the wallpapers went down but it was revived and functions as it always has.
Get it on Google Play
Wally best designed android apps of 2014


WeMail best designed android apps of 2014WeMail

[Price: Free]
WeMail, like Inbox, has been working to change how people use email on mobile. Unlike Inbox, WeMail took a more mainstream approach that most people will be familiar with. They turned emails into threaded discussions that are organized by sender rather than chronologically. There are some other nifty features like voice emails and improved search and organization of attachments. IT’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play


Yahoo Aviate Android appsYahoo Aviate Launcher

[Price: Free]
Last up is the curious case of Yahoo’s Aviate Launcher. It was originally done by an app development start up and was purchased by Yahoo for quite a bit of money. It features a redesigned home screen set up with categories to better find apps, contextual features based on what time it is and your location, and a unique look and feel. Purists didn’t like it but people looking for something different have enjoyed it quite a bit and it’s free to use.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any amazing Android apps from 2014, let us know in the comments below!



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